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TCT and The Krane want South Florida artists to become part of the show for the season opener, Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill. We invite poets, cinematographers, and writers to send us flash lit, poetry, and/or videos, as a response to the following prompt:

All artists wake up some mornings and ask themselves: Why? Why have I chosen this as my career path? Whether you’re looking under your cushions for gas money, or waking up to a particularly harsh review; whether you’re stuck in the muck of writer’s block or working silently, but without recognition…the question arises: Why?! We want you to explore the reasons you ask yourself this question — tell us a particular story, if you like; tell us what it’s like on those mornings or late nights when you question art, yourself, what you do. You can also tell us what brings you out of this slump. What brings you back to art? Be as specific as you can. Make it personal, make it yours, make it real…whether it’s inspiring or just plain ugly, tell us, but most importantly, be truthful.

What to Submit: Poems, flash fiction/non-fiction, and videos.

Deadline: February 1, 2014 by midnight, no later.

Word Count: Written submissions must be 250 words or less.

Film Requirements: Videos can be simple selfie-videos of you telling us a story, or they can be edited and more elaborate short films. Videos must be 1 minute or less.

Where to Submit: Please email submissions to info@thekrane.com. Should you be shy, or simply want to remain anonymous — send your material to: The Krane @ 3232 Coral Way #710 Coral Gables, FL 33145. Anonymous entries — make sure we have a way to contact you in case you are a winner.

Cover Letter Guidelines: Please submit a cover letter with author name, title of piece, medium, and contact info (email and phone).

Winners will be announced in mid-February. There will be three winners and three runners up — one in each category (Poetry; Flash Lit; and Film). Poetry and Flash Lit Winners will be invited to read their work on opening weekend (Feb. 22) and their winning submissions will be printed in the program.  Film Winners will have their work screened for audiences during pre-show throughout the run of the production.

First prize is $50 plus a complimentary ticket to the show (one for you and a guest); Runners Up in each category will receive $25 plus a complimentary ticket to the show (one for you and a guest). In addition, all winners will be acknowledged in the program for the production.

TCT’s production of Pool (No Water) will run February 21-March 8, 2014 at Muse Center for the Arts, 99 SW 14th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Buy tickets here.

About Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill

When you were young, did you have a friend who wanted all the same things you did?

A friend you confessed your dreams to?

At first, you were just hanging out as usual. Maybe drinking soda and complaining about your jobs. Ten hours of waiting tables at the steakhouse. Or a mountain of popcorn swept  from under the seats at the movie theater.

But you knew you wouldn’t have those jobs forever.

You and your friend wanted the leading roles on Broadway. Maybe you wanted to play Hamlet or Rosalind with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Maybe you wanted your novels to sit on the tip-top of the bestsellers stack at Barnes and Noble. Paintings in the poshest galleries. Albums going platinum.

Let’s say you and your friend spent many late nights talking about what each of you wanted even more than financial success: you wanted your art to change the world.

What if one of you achieved everything you wanted, and the other, by comparison, nothing?

Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (No Water) depicts the rift that can emerge between friends when only a select few artists find success. It tells the story of a group of visual artists barely scraping by.

When one friend in the group, Ray, dies from AIDS, another friend in the group capitalizes on the tragedy. She makes art from Ray’s “blood and bandages and catheter and condoms. Pieces that sold to every major collector in the world.”

The newly successful friend doesn’t forget her roots. She continues to make appearances at benefits. She buys artwork to support her still-struggling friends. And when a friend in the group dies from cancer, she even invites the group to enjoy her pool.  She’s quite gracious. Quite happy to share. Until tragedy strikes. Will the group come to her rescue? Join us February 21 – March 8, and find out…

 

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